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10.25259/JORP_11_2023

Epicapsular stars

Department of Cataract, Oculoplasty, Drishti Netralaya, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Department of Cataract, Vitreoretina, Vivekananda Netralaya, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Department of Cataract, Anterior Segment, Community Ophthalmology, Drishti Netralaya, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Corresponding author: Isha Agarwalla, Department of Cataract, Oculoplasty, Drishti Netralaya, Dibrugarh, Assam, India. ishaagarwalla@gmail.com
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How to cite this article: Agarwalla I, Garg M, Agarwalla R. Epicapsular stars. J Ophthalmic Res Pract 2023;1:87-8. doi: 10.25259/JORP_11_2023

Epicapsular stars are known to be remains of tunica vasculosa lentis. The lens receives its blood supply by tunica vasculosa, the remnants of which cause appearance of epicapsular stars.[1]

Tunica vasculosa lentis remnants are of 3 types: Type 1 has attachment only to iris; Type 2 has iridolenticular adhesions; and Type 3 has attachment to the cornea. Epicapsular stars falls in category 2. They are also commonly known as chicken tracks.[2,3] Their resemblance to rice granules has been described by Balijepalli et al.[4]

A 34-year-old female presented with irritation in both eyes. On examination, visual acuity in both eyes was 20/20. Slit-lamp evaluation showed the existence of a group of epicapsular stars in both eyes on the anterior lens capsule [Figure 1]. The patient complained of mild photophobia, but no major discomfort hence no surgical intervention was planned. She was kept on follow-up. Intraocular pressure, gonioscopy, and fundus findings were normal.

Figure 1:
Slit-lamp photograph showing epicapsular stars on the anterior lens capsule. These were a group of small yellowish-brownish deposits placed like a group of flying birds in the sky (×10 magnification).

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